150 Years of North American Railroads By Bernard Fitzsimons DJ 1982
150 Years of North American Railroads By Bernard Fitzsimons
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Table of Contents
First rails and false starts
War and the westward tide
Regulating the railroads
Private enterprise and public service
Building the railways
Diesel and electric power
Commuter railroads and rapid transit
First rails and false starts, new horizons, war and the westward tide, the Pacific Railroad, the western railroads, regulating the railroads, private enterprise and public service, Canadian railways, building the railroads, steam locomotives, diesel & Electric power, passenger services, freight transport, commuter railroads and rapid transit.
Within a few decades of their arrival in North America, the railways had transformed the continent. Spreading out from their foothold on the eastern seaboard they crossed the Mississippi, linked the Atlantic and the Pacific and opened up the west to an eager tide of settlers. Towns and cities grew up in their wake, industry thrived on the raw materials they carried; they became a great industry in themselves, employing hundreds of thousands of men and making fortunes for some; they were the basis for the wealth and power of modern America. More recent years have seen a sad decline, with many famous lines facing bankruptcy, but through reorganization and government intervention they are adapting to a changing world.
North American Railroads covers the whole 150-year history of the world's most formidable transport system, from the pioneering days of the last century to the age of Amtrak and Conrail. The heroic feats of the builders and the machinations of the 'robber barons', the glamour of the great passenger trains and the workaday grind of the mighty freights are described and illustrated in a fascinating record of human enterprise and technological progress.
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